Outfest Los Angeles, the nation's leading LGBT film festival, will take place on July 7 through 17 and promises an eclectic mix of programming. This year, 43% of features are directed by women and the total 162 films hail from 19 countries.
"I am proud and honored to present a program that focuses on the most talented queer voices across all media--from film to television to the web," says Christopher Racster, Executive Director of Outfest. "Each year we see a snapshot of the lives of LGBT people from around the world. Honest reflections and celebrations of our experiences. These depictions take us on intensely personal journeys, which increasingly show that our similarities are greater than our differences. At a time when the cultural zeitgeist is using differences to drive us apart, these films intimately show us that each of our stories matter and each need a platform to be heard, understood, and respected."
The festival will screen in the newly renovated Ford Theaters and will feature a special screening of Ghostbusters on July 13. Other highly anticipated standouts include Clea Duvall's The Intervention and Chris Kelly's Other People. The Season 2 premiere of Hulu's DifficultPeople, Season 3 premiere of Amazon's Transparent, and HBO's Looking: The Movie will also premiere.
"It is an amazing year for LGBT cinema," adds Outfest Director of Programming Lucy Mukerjee-Brown. "Outfest Los Angeles continues to raise the profile of queer film, and launch the careers of LGBT filmmakers. At a time when there is some concern about film production in Los Angeles, it was heartening to see local, independent filmmakers making use of the rich diversity of this city to propel their storytelling. The Made in LA spotlight pulls together the mosaic of cultures that make up this city and reminds us that despite our differences, we are one community."